David Hunter Memorial Lecture
ANTaR ACT is the local branch of ANTaR – Australia’s main non-Indigenous organisation for reconciliation, dedicated to supporting the rights of Indigenous people through public campaigns and advocacy. For the last 16 years, ANTaR has presented the David Hunter Memorial Lecture and this year it will go online due to Covid-19. They will present a free webinar on First Nations Treaties: A Matter of Justice on Thursday 27 August 6.15pm with keynote speaker Tony McAvoy SC.This will be the 17th annual lecture held in memory of David Hunter, an inspiring activist for reconciliation and Indigenous rights. It is one of a series of webinars being organised by ANTaR National, reshaping the National Treaties Summit, which was postponed due to Covid-19. Register online at david-hunter-memorial-lecture2020.eventbrite.com.au or email [email protected] for more information.
GIVIT donation of the week: Mobile devices
A number of support organisations across the ACT are looking for per-loved mobile devices in good working condition which can be distributed to a range of clients. This is the number one requested item during the Covid-19 pandemic. With lockdowns, homes schooling and limited face-to-face support services, many families and individuals who were already doing it tough are struggling to maintain their day to day commitments. Donations of pre-loved mobile devices will go to support refugee families with multiple children undergoing remote learning or language studies, Indigenous Australians living in remote communities with limited access to education, and those who have lost their jobs due to the pandemic (just to name a few recipients). Any mobile phones, tablets or laptop computers in good working order with charging cables that can be passed on to these very deserving individuals would be greatly appreciated. Donations can be delivered, collected by or posted to the organisation. To donate, visit givit.org.au/donate-items, search “Mobile Devices” to view requests located in ACT. After you pledge the item, you will be contacted by the relevant organisation to arrange pick-up, post or drop-off. GIVIT supports more than 350 charities and community groups across the Capital Region by matching your items with people who need them most.
Daffodil Day Appeal
In August, Cancer Council ACT is asking the Canberra community to raise more than hope by donating a virtual daffodil online or by hosting a Daffodil Yellow Fundraiser for HOPE. While Daffodil Day’s official day is Friday 28 August, you can choose any day in August to donate or host your fundraiser. Your support will allow Cancer Council ACT to continue to fund life-saving cancer research right here in the ACT, working towards their vision of a cancer-free future. Register today at daffodilday.com.au and invite your family, friends, neighbours or work colleagues to come together to raise funds that can help save the life of someone you love.
Lions Club of Canberra City
The Lions Club of Canberra City holds dinner meetings on the first and third Mondays of the month, 6.30pm for 7pm, at Ibis Styles, 203 Goyder Street, Narrabundah. You are invited to dine with them and participate in the discussion for the planning and preparation of their community projects. They have been privileged to serve the Canberra community and beyond for over 60 years and welcome and value new members joining their fun-loving, friendly group. You will meet and work alongside enthusiastic Aussie Lion team members who are dedicated to serving and helping to make positive changes to the lives of people in the Canberra district. More info: call Lion Rhondda on 0402 102 267 or email [email protected]
Natural Fertility Awareness Week
The theme for Natural Fertility Awareness Week, 17-23 August, is: Stay Connected with your Fertility – Get the Know-How. Stress can impact us in many ways – even the reproductive cycle can be affected. The Billings Ovulation Method can help women in any stage of their reproductive life and its Fertility Pinpoint app does more than track menstrual cycles; it is an interactive teaching system that lets a woman have confidential contact with an accredited teacher of the Billings method to help her understand her hormone levels and identify infertility and fertility through her personal chart. It is a useful resource for those who live in remote areas and for busy city dwellers who are time-poor or in isolation. More info: www.billlings.life
Girl Guides launch new biscuits
For over 60 years, Girl Guide Biscuits have been sold to raise funds for new equipment, camps, outings, adventures and learning programs. Today, the iconic tradition is relaunching with a new modernised range which has been designed to represent the values of the organisation. The new range of biscuits officially launched late last month, with new flavours, a new look and new sizing, but the same ultimate mission – empowering girls and young women through fun, friendship and adventure. The range consists of locally made, individually wrapped 50g biscuits which include: Anzac, Triple Choc, and Gluten-Free Lemon, Lime and Coconut (endorsed by Coeliac Australia). The impact of COVID-19 means typical face-to-face selling will be restricted so the biscuits are predominantly being sold online and can even be sent as a gift to loved ones via the Girl Guide Biscuits website. The first shipments will be made in mid-August. To purchase and find out more, visit girlguidebiscuits.com.au